March 17, 2012
Went to the course and watched the lead group tee off. About 200 spectators joined me. Hung around til lunch then hit the road.
Scores were still low today as the strong winds had not arrived. Tomorrow may be a different story.
Heading to Carlsbad in the early morn and will meet up with Katy Harris at the course. She’s my qualifier bag for Monday. Katy played a very wet practice round there today. Getting to La Costa may be problematic. A winter storm warning has been issued for the southern part of California above 2000 feet. No way to get around that.
March 16, 2012
There was a rare albatross sighting today. Hanna Yun had a double eagle on the 15th. This must have thrown the real time scoring for a loop because they left the score on that hole blank.
Looks like some nasty weather is moving in for the weekend. It’s goin’ to blow and then rain on Sunday. There’s talk of split tees.
Dewi Claire Schreefel was assessed a two shot penalty for slow play but it must have fired her up. Carded an eagle and a couple birds afterward to make the cut.
Kris Tamulis has ben playing with a bad wheel ever since the Asian swing. Had it checked yesterday and found one of the bones in her foot had a stress fracture and is now on the mend. Playing pretty good despite the pain.
Paul Martinez – Snake Wrangler. What I thought was a rubber snake, laying next to Candie Kung’s bag by the caddie tent, turned out to be real. A three foot rat snake (identified afterward by Paul the club repairman) eventually started slithering towards the caddie tent when the other Paul grabbed one of of his player’s irons and tied to coax it into the desert but it was uncooperative. He then did what I’m sure all us would. Grabbed it by the tail and tossed it onto the sand. Took two of three attempts but he eventually got the job done. It crawled down a hole under a tree never to be seen again. We hope.
Needed some brake work done so I stopped in Just Brakes on Bell Rd this morning. I’ve been a loyal customer of theirs for years but it sure didn’t seem that way to them. They noticed that the windshield washer fluid needed topping off as did the radiator coolant. Wanted to charge me $8 for the service so I declined. As I walked around waiting for the rotors to be replaced, I was called and asked once more if I wanted the fluids brought to the correct level. "It’s only $8" he said. That really fried my ass. All the money I had spent with them over the years and the a-holes couldn’t top of the fluids for free? I told him so right there and then and once more when I returned. "You just lost a loyal customer" was my parting salvo after paying the bill but when I was about to drive off, the Just Brakes version of Mr. Whipple, after coming to his senses, tracked me down and offered the service for free so I wouldn’t depart angry. Lucky him. I wood have blogged about my displeasure otherwise.
Stopped by a Circle K on the way to the course Monday and picked up a couple breakfast sandwiches for Motorcycle and myself. They were advertised 2 for $2.22 and looked like a good deal. I had a chicken ‘n cheese biscuit and Jim a ham and cheese. But after one bite, it was obvious, even at that low price, a bargain they were not. Could have been the worst tasting biscuit in life. The paper wrapper would had more flavor. The texture was akin to a mixture of Styrofoam and drywall patch. How they could possibly have any return customers for such an unappetizing offering is beyond me. Even if these pseudo-sandwiches were given to the homeless for free, they would not come back for seconds. Yuck!
Then there was this:
3 area golfers to play in Kraft Nabisco Championship qualifier
Marilynn Smith remembers the adventures
Trickle turns to flood of Korean players onto PGA Tour
March 15, 2012
Arrived early just in case a looper overslept. No such luck. After the morning wave departed, I left to have my tires rotated and balance then returned for lunch.
Then there was this:
Trump Goes Bottom-Fishing for Golf Courses
Plenty of questions after Tiger Woods’ injury episode
LPGA Founders Cup aims for more fans
Here’s something new and different. The iPing Putter App. Looks promising.
March 14, 2012
Forecaddied for a VIP group in the afternoon wave of the pro-am along with another guy. Not much cash but it was something to do.
Serendipitous might be the way to describe the pairing I had in the qualifier but today was just freaky. Mindy Hospenthal, a Sales Rep. for Ping, was one of the players in my group but one look told me I’ve seen her before. She felt the same way and the reason why gave me goose bumps. Way back in the year of our Lord, 1986, she caddie all summer for Alice Miller. Then she was known as Mindy Bono. A small world indeed.
Chalk-up another satisfied customer for mypillow. After giving it a hearty endorsement awhile back, a buddy of mine, who shall remain nameless (Chuck the volunteer), took my advice, bought one and agrees with me totally. Well worth the price of admission.
March 13, 2012
No work for five of us. Stayed til two and as I was walking out, Moira asked if I was willing to do nine holes. That was an easy decision. Teed off the front and eventually caught Katie Futcher and played in with her.
While we were playing, Moira made a good point about the field being shortened to 132. We always played in Phoenix around the same time with a full field of 144 in the past so what is different now? Slow play was her determination. Rounds used to take around four hours twenty but now five is the average. For that reason, twelve people who should be playing can’t. Given the short season, that’s just one less opportunity to make a check. The sad part is, there is no solution in sight.
Many former LPGA players live in the area and a few showed at the course today. Robin Walton, Amy Fruhwirth and Jody Anschutz stopped by the caddie tent to say hello.
January 11, 2011
…some players may have been out of the room when Whan received a standing O in response to his announcement that golfers would fork over their earnings…
Looks like reality is setting in.
Player thoughts on the LPGA’s free domestic opener
The there was this:
Kia Classic to hold pre-qualifier Feb. 1
Bobbi Brown Makeup Master Class for LPGA golfers